An ascent of the great icon of Lakeland climbing doesn't disappoint. Start below the wide right-trending crack.
1) 4a, 14m. Take the awkward wide crack to its end and then move up left to a stance on the shoulder.
2) 4c, 6m. Gain the head-height ledge from the right, move left around the rib and make a thin move to the summit.
Descent - See opposite. © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
The most popular way to the top of the Needle, with contrasting pitches, both very polished. The climb starts from the ledge just right of the gap.
1.) 13m, climb the crack, left, then right to its finish; then ascend an easy slab to the shoulder.
2.) 4m, the highly polished and notorious top block (crux). Mantleshelf onto the ledge below the top block (it is easier from the right hand corner but it can be climbed from the right hand corner). Traverse left onto the face of the top block and up to the top. Belay round and under the overhanging nose of the top block.
WP Haskett-Smith (solo) Jun/1886.
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